Staffing Industry's Role During the Coronavirus Pandemic
There’s no denying that these are unsettling times we are living in. Coronavirus has brought uncertainty to businesses all over the globe leaving many employees fearful for their jobs. This is where the staffing industry can lend a big helping hand in alleviating this problem.
As the pandemic continues to spread across the country, hospitals are being spread thin as more and more infected patients file in. Hospitals and healthcare facilities are counting on outside workers to combat the growing concern of overcrowding. As a result, staffing agencies are being relied on to aid hospitals with temporary workers to help weather the storm.
We’ve listed some tips for staffing firms to keep in mind during the COVID-19 pandemic:
- Maintain strong communication with your talent. Many job candidates are feeling anxious and don’t know what to expect next so it’s important to keep them caught up and aware of any possible assignments that could come their way. Personalizing your message to your talent can go a long way as well – it’s proven that a personalized text or phone call is especially welcoming during a time of crisis.
- Educate your internal staff of what they can expect. According to a study completed by National Nurses United, only 44% of nurses reported that their employer has provided them information about novel coronavirus and how to recognize and respond to possible cases. It’s crucial to ensure our healthcare professionals are prepared right now, but it is also important to ensure our own staff is informed as well. Staffing leaders can play a part by priding ourselves to enable our own internal staff with the necessary educational pieces to help spread better awareness around the pandemic.
- Keep your talent prepared and ready to go to work at a moment’s notice. It’s extremely helpful to distribute COVID-19 educational pieces you may otherwise share with internal staff to your talent as well. This can include educational courses, tips, assessments, data, and anything else necessary to put your talent in the best position to succeed on the frontlines. Your clients will appreciate this also.
- Continue to monitor the situation. There’s no denying that the last several weeks have been incredibly fluid, which leads many to believe that this trend will continue for the foreseeable future. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported 1,629 cases of coronavirus, including 41 deaths last Friday and are expecting those numbers to continue to rise in the coming weeks. It is in your best interest to continue to monitor all CDC information to better position your staffing firm to answer the bell when needed.
As the mantra “we’re all in this together” continues to circulate, it’s important to understand that the staffing industry can play a huge role in lessening the blow of COVID-19. At Assurance, we’re working with you to weather the storm by providing risk solutions for a variety of work-related issues during this time.
Updates on COVID-19 and employer recommendations are changing daily so it’s imperative to stay up to date as much as possible. Be sure to check out the Assurance Coronavirus Resource Page as well as the American Staffing Association’s COVID-19 Resource Page to stay caught up on the latest news and updates.
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